Microplastic in Cosmetic Products

Why is it in Cosmetics and how to detect microplastic!

According to the Federal Environment Agency, around 500 tons of microplastics are said to have been brought into circulation through cosmetics alone.
According to the consumer advice center, 977 tonnes of microplastics and 46,900 tonnes of dissolved polymers are said to have ended up in the wastewater in Germany, solely from cosmetic products, as well as detergents, cleaning agents and cleaning agents (WPR).

Many countries are already banning plastic (in solid or liquid form) in cosmetics.
Such as USA, Canada, England, Sweden
Many countries have no regulations or controls at all on micro-plastics in cosmetics.
In Germany, however, there is still only one declaration of intent from the manufacturer to withdraw. Manufacturers can still decide for themselves whether or not to use microplastics.
The EU Cosmetics Regulation does not place any requirements on the biodegradability of cosmetic ingredients.

Why is Microplastic in Cosmetics?

Microplastics are cheap and are therefore used often and a lot. Also in most cosmetic and cleaning products.

Microplastics are tiny plastic particles (smaller than five millimeters).

In cosmetics it is e.g. used for:

– as a binding agent for the ingredients

– It creates a softer consistency of creams

– in coarser pieces it is used as a peeling (“abrasive”)

Shampoos, shower gels, creams, baby products and make-up, microplastics can be found almost everywhere, no matter how expensive or cheap the hair and body care products are.

Plastic is particularly common in products that are not rinsed off.

How to recognize Plastic in Cosmetics & Skincare

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